Florida #11 on 2021's States Most Vulnerable to Identity Theft & Fraud
In recent years, many Americans’ personal information has become compromised by big data breaches. The number of breaches in 2021 has already topped the number in 2020, and several big companies have been impacted, including Facebook, T-Mobile and Volkswagen.
Each new year brings new strategies taken by identity thieves and fraudsters. For example, during the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a lot of identity theft and scamming related to federal stimulus payments as well as unemployment benefits. Plenty of other schemes, such as tech support scams and fake IRS calls, also abound.
Some Americans are more susceptible than others to such crimes, though. In order to determine who is most likely to be exposed to and affected by identity theft and fraud, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 14 key metrics. Our data set ranges from identity-theft complaints per capita to the average loss amount due to fraud.
With businesses experiencing data breaches this year and the number of breaches already higher than in 2020, the free credit-monitoring website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s States Most Vulnerable to Identity Theft & Fraud, as well as accompanying videos and expert commentary.
To determine where Americans are most susceptible to such crimes, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 14 key metrics. The data set ranges from identity-theft complaints per capita to the average loss amount due to fraud.
In addition, WalletHub offers an Identity Theft Guide and free credit monitoring to help consumers handle or prevent the damaging effects of cybercrimes.
Most Vulnerable States
Least Vulnerable States
42. New Hampshire
4. Rhode Island
48. West Virginia
8. North Dakota
Read the Full Report here: https://wallethub.com/edu/states-where-identity-theft-and-fraud-are-worst/17549